FAYETTEVILLE – Local, regional and national media were inside the Broyles Center adjacent to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the University of Arkansas football team’s annual media day Saturday morning. Head coach Bobby Petrino, entering his third season at the helm, addressed the media and Razorback football players were on hand for the many interviews and photo opportunities that precede a highly anticipated season of UA football.
Coach Petrino told his players to embrace the excitement as a means for further motivation towards achieving their goals.
"The expectations are something I have put right out in front of the team and I have told them it was great to have such high expectations," Coach Petrino said. "The excitement is good. It was a good motivating factor for the summer, but now it’s all about work."
The day was action-packed for many Razorbacks, including preseason All-SEC first-team picks Ryan Mallett and D.J. Williams. However, the event also gave reporters and camera crews the opportunity to meet the many new faces on the Arkansas squad, not just returning leaders. Coach Petrino made note of the high regard he holds in the returning UA team members.
"We have good leadership and a good attitude," Coach Petrino said. "I am excited for the challenges ahead of us."
The many newcomers for Arkansas will have chances to learn from older Razorback football players throughout August, in preparation for UA’s season-opening contest against Tennessee Tech at home in Razorback Stadium, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. Coach Petrino is confident the team’s preparations leading up to that point will be aided by sound leadership.
"It certainly makes the coaching staff’s job a lot easier," Coach Petrino said. "I think what it has done for me is that I trust the players. I trust the leaders we have on our team. They dictate a lot of times how we are going to practice."
Fans will have the chance to take notice of the many stadium introduction video clips that were taped during media day. They will appear on the RazorVision stadium video board prior to kick off each home game in Fayetteville. Until game time, fans are allowed to attend Arkansas practices through August 21 (excluding August 19).